Monday, July 6, 2009
simple fruit shortcake
this is a recipe for a simple shortcake. the cake is dense, sturdy, yet light and fluffy. it is not too sweet and has a subtle vanilla flavor. i paired it with fresh strawberries and blueberries that i macerated in sugar. topped it all off with some sweetened vanilla whipped cream. enjoy.
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature is best
1/4 cup warm milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
in a mixer, cream the butter and sugar, about three minutes. beat in the the eggs and vanilla. now add the milk and continue to beat until mixture is well blended, about five minutes. in a separate bowl sift flour with baking powder. gradually add the flour combo to the creamed mixture. beat until combined. mixture will be thick. pour into either a prepared 9x13 pan or two 8 inch round cake pans. bake approximately 25 minutes till lightly golden.
with the round cake layers you can fill and top with your whipped cream and favorite fruit. i baked my cake in a 9x13 pan and make individual shortcakes by cutting large circles with a biscuit cutter.